1377 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
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I am always surprised by the tastiness of this bagged blend. I threw four bags into a pitcher to cold brew for a day or two and it is wonderful. I could have used another bag, but next time. After my last two tea fails, this is a wonderful change. It is what it says on the package, a raspberry black, but one I am ever so fond of.

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After falling in love with DavidsTea’s Apple Custard, I remembered this blend hidden in the back of our cupboard.

Full disclosure: This tea is over three years old.

When I opened the tin, I really did not like the smell, it smells too citrusy, like Lime Fizz. But I remember adoring this blend, so I’m giving it another go.

It’s…bland. I should have let it steep longer. But it’s okay. Not terrible enough to throw away, but I feel it would be lovely as a coldbrew. But seeing as how it’s taking me over three years to finish off what I have, I don’t feel the need to get any more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So my brew last time was weak, so I over leafed and over steeped this and oh my lord was that a mistake. The smell is nauseating, like Christmas threw up in my cup.

It’s bad. It’s so bad. I’m not going to rate it because I may have just screwed it up, but it is awful.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96

I rarely crave things the way I crave this tea. Usually my craving are more vague, something fruity or something minty. But when I crave genmaicha, I want genmaicha and nothing else will do until I’ve had a cuppa. It’s rare, this craving, but it is strong.

And this blend always hits the spot. Roasty and toasty and perfect. Really helps my often-angry tummy too.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94

Made a pot of this to share with the wife since she didn’t think she’d ever tried it before.

See where it says “last edited by De”?

Yeah, De is my wife. She even reviewed it. Her first impression tonight? “It tastes kinda tingly.” The last line of her review from 9 months ago? “Left my mouth feeling a little tingly.”

That’s my girl.

I stand by my earlier review. Not as creamy as Santa’s Secret but creamier than Read My Lips.

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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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My first cup of Santa’s Secret for the season! So much love for this blend. It will always, always be my favorite.

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85
drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
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85
drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
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My morning tea. I wasn’t quite awake and so I let it steep for three minutes instead of two and oh my lawd it is tart. Stupid hibiscus, I forgot you were in there. After a night of tummy trouble, this was not helpful.

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95

So this was a bit of an experiment, but it worked out really well! I dumped the last teaspoon or so of this beauty into my bubble teapot, but it didn’t seem like near enough. I still had the leaves from my bedtime cup of Bubbie’s last night, so I snagged that and added those leaves to the fresh. It turned out so yummy! And it resteeped like a dream, I had two full 24 ounce teapots and then my wife used the leaves for one last steep in a 12 ounce perfect mug. Frankly, I feel like we could have kept going, but this tea is so heavy, flavor-wise, that 48 ounces was really all I could handle. As the steepings progressed, the oolong did come out more, but the other flavors didn’t disappear, they simply became a bit more muted.

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95

This smells sooooo good.

It tastes soooo good. Much happiness.

The flavors work really well together and it is just wonderful. I was worried that the rose would make it soapy, but I’m not really tasting it, thank goodness.The cinnamon is nice but not too strong, and the nutty flavor is just perfect.

I wonder how it resteeps….

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.

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